Applications in Research
Case studies of how our customers use PTR-MS instruments for their advanced research, routine lab work and for industrial processes monitoring. Let's look at research first, scroll down for solutions in the industry.
Mobile Air Quality Monitoring
Track air pollution where and when it matters with PTR-TOF
IONICON real-time VOC monitors are frequently operated in mobile measurement labs, contributing to local air quality networks and public safety.
PTR-TOF is the solution for monitoring trace VOCs in the atmosphere
The benchmark method for fast, quantitative and ultra-sensitive analysis of almost the entire range of atmospheric organics. PTR-MS is used in a wide range of applications in environmental research.
Food & Flavor Science
Real-time aroma compound analysis with PTR-MS
The results provided by IONICON PTR-MS instruments enhance research, flavor & fragrance development, quality control and enable online process monitoring in food & flavor industries.
Security and Safety
Real-time detection of threat agents with IONICON PTR-MS
PTR-MS combines all features that are needed for analyzing dangerous substances like explosives, chemical warfare agents (CWA), toxic industrial chemicals (TIC) and drugs.
Flux Measurement of BVOCs
Deposition and Emission of BVOCs by Eddy Covariance flux measurements
The ultra-fast analysis capabilities of IONICON PTR-TOF instruments are essential for eddy covariance flux measurements, allowing to study deposition and emission rates of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs).
Indoor Air Quality
Room-air VOC detection and monitoring with PTR-MS
Real-Time measurements of VOCs causing smells or adverse health effects. Monitoring of chemical contamination related to the Sick Building Syndrome. Sensory impact on passengers in aircraft cabins, cars (VIAQ) and…
Real-time Breath Analysis
PTR-MS in medical applications
PTR-TOF are powerful tools for non-invasive breath gas analysis. The vast amount of information that is recorded in complete spectra with sub-second time resolution, their high sensitivity and high mass-resolving power…
Real-time measurement of plant defense and leaf wounding reactions
Measurement of VOCs in dynamic biological systems with low detection limit and without sample preparation using PTR-MS.
Agriculture and Livestock
Real-time biological research with PTR-MS
The ample advantages of PTR-MS are particularly beneficial for agriculture and livestock research. From agricultural field emissions to VOCs originating from cattle, pigs, chicken or sheep, there is virtually no…
Analysis of Vaporizers, E-Cigarettes, and other ENDS
True puff-by-puff PTR-TOF analysis in real-time
IONICON has been a pioneer in the real-time puff-by-puff analysis of electronic cigarettes / Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and is a sophisticated solution provider within this field of application.
Food Analysis: Coffee
Coffee aroma: from roasting to brewing and headspace analysis
From the roasting of coffee beans to different types of brewing (filter, espresso and instant coffee), from real-time headspace to direct nosespace air sampling.
Food Analysis: Fruits
PTR-MS aroma analysis of strawberries
PTR-MS with its online and real-time capabilities enable researchers to quantify compounds in the nosespace of test persons. A very low detection limit and a high time resolution allow for real-time aroma-release…
Food Analysis: Seasonings
PTR-MS aroma analysis of saffron
PTR-MS is ideally suited for quality control of food, e.g. saffron. Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, and is among the world's most costly spices by weight.
Food Analysis: Alcoholic Drinks
PTR-MS aroma analysis of wine
Nearly 20 years ago PTR-MS has been used for the first time for the characterization of wine. Ever since the various technological improvements have made the analysis of alcoholic drinks even easier, more rapid and…
Food Analysis: Snacks
PTR-MS aroma analysis of chewing gum
Chewing gums should keep releasing their flavor even after prolonged mastication. However, it is nearly impossible to measure the effects of changes in the chewing gum's matrix and the aroma encapsulation system with…
Food Analysis: Vegetables
PTR-MS aroma analysis of chili peppers
The spiciness and the unique aroma of chili peppers are appreciated all over the world. However, limited information was available about the correlation between VOC emissions and spiciness of different pepper species and…
Food Analysis: Cold Drinks
PTR-MS aroma analysis of flavored water
The separation and independent compound quantification in complex mixtures can be challenging even with high resolution TOF based PTR-MS.
High-speed probing of earth with PTR-MS
IONICON's extremely sensitive and selective PTR-MS instruments have been utilized for the investigation of soil for decades...
Breath Analysis: Biomarkers
Screening for biomarkers with PTR-MS
IONICON PTR-TOF instruments are particularly well suited for breath biomarker research. They record the complete spectrum in real-time, containing all information. This offers great potential for data mining and allows…
Breath Analysis: Monitoring
A non-invasive window into the body through PTR-MS
Real-time breath analysis is particularly well suited to monitor the concentrations of breath VOCs over time and in response to a stimulus. This offers intriguing possibilities to study exercise, pharmacokinetics, and to…
AMC Clean-Room Monitoring
Monitoring of volatile organic contamination in clean-room environments
Airborne molecular contamination (AMC) are a concern for high-tech manufacturing processes. PTR-MS can monitor these contaminations continuously and in real-time.
Process monitoring in the petrochemical industry
Monitoring of syngas and other gas processes for safety, quality assurance and process optimization with PTR-MS.
Real-time PTR-MS vehicle exhaust analysis
Monitoring exhaust gas from combustion engines, emitting a large number of different compounds and with rapidly changing concentrations due to variations in operating conditions, necessitates an instrument that measures…
On-line monitoring of bioprocesses
IONICON PTR-MS systems can analyze trace gas concentrations of volatile metabolites in the off-gas of bio-pharmaceutical fermentations in real-time. This highly relevant process related information can be used for…
Monitoring of waste incineration and dioxin emissions
Dioxin, furans and other harmful compounds emitted by incineration plants can be monitored for safety and process optimization.